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 If a picture says a thousand words, this video speaks volumes to the impact we're making in our communities!  See for yourself what our VISTAs with Illinois Campus Compact have been able to achieve through their campuses to elimate poverty and empower the people in underserved communities.


Join us for our
ILCC Summer Meeting

"Uncovering & Mobilizing Partners & Resources You Didn't Know You Had"



August 1st

 DePaul University - Loop Campus
9:30am – 4pm

We are VERY EXCITED to have John Hamerlinck as our presenter for the day. 


Using the principles of Asset-Based Community Development, campuses can engage in partnerships that more deeply leverage a community's power to address the challenges that it faces. This session will look at alternative ways to frame issues and strategies that build on a community's capacities. It will include simple exercises that you can use to begin incorporating these strategies in your work immediately.


John Hamerlinck joined Minnesota Campus Compact in 2004. His work is rooted in a passionate commitment to finding and effectively mobilizing hidden or under-appreciated capacities of organizations and communities. John also has an interest in information and communications technology, which led him to establish the Center for Digital Civic Engagement in 2010. He has experience in the private, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.  John has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics from popular culture to entrepreneurship. His most recent book (co-authored and edited with Julie Plaut) is, Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education. He holds a B.A. in American Studies and an M.S. in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University.


Accepting Applications for

AmeriCorps VISTA Associates 2014-2015

Connecting Campus to Community

Full Term - Year Long Positions


ILCC is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps VISTA members interested in strengthening communities across Illinois through  education and our Campus-Community Partnerships Program.

VISTAs will build long-term capacity for communities with the goal of eradicating poverty. ILCC VISTA members will serve at an institution of higher education and partner with community organizations for a measurable impact. The 2014-2015 projects are grounded in the following focus areas:

-   Education through College Access. K-12 Academic Achievement, and Youth at Risk

-   Access & Success of First Generation College Students

-   Student Veteran Initiative


Applications apply here:

Welcome to Illinois Campus Compact





3rd annual President's Interfaith & Community Service Challenge Conference

Kathy Engelken, Executive Director


Fifth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards 


Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service are accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For profit businesses that support service will also be recognized.

Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 years and under), one adult (19-54 years old) and one retiree/senior (55 years and older) in each of the Commission's five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern). National Service Awards will be presented to one AmeriCorps and one Senior Corps member in each of the five regions. One award will be provided to a for profit business in each of the five service regions. Within each category, applications will be given special priority based on the areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental conservation, and disaster preparedness/response, health, and veteran’s affairs.

Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 31, 2014. Recipients will be selected and notified by April 1, 2014. The Serve Illinois Commission will host a ceremony to honor recipients on April 28, 2014 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.

 Visit to nominate your volunteers!


 Who we are

Campus Compact member presidents are joined together in their commitment to the development of personal and social responsibility as integral to the educational mission of their campuses. 

Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life. Illinois Campus Compact is a state office of the national organization and our membership unites public, private, two-and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. Illinois Campus Compact is housed at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois.

March, 2013 marked the begining of 20 years of service to our campus communities.  ILCC is proud of its long history of supporting the development of citizen students through service-learning opportunities on its engaged member campuses. Currently Illinois Campus Compact has 40 member campuses. Illinois members are also part of the National Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents, representing some 6 million students.